An Astronauts Garden

I’m Leroy and this is my site. People don’t call me Big Leroy, but I wish they would. What is this site about?I’ve done a lot of things I probably shouldn’t have ever started and that’s what this site is about. What kind of things? Mostly building and renovating and other fun stuff. Why Astronaut.Garden?It…

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We Built A Wedding Venue – Preview

This was one crazy ride. I built a wedding venue, got married in it and have been running it as a successful business for many years. I will be adding a lot of posts following every part of the build from the foundations to the toilet blocks to the business and event planning, but for…

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Tile Time: What You Need to Lay Tile – Laundry Renovation Part 7

I had a few options for floor coverings in the new laundry, with tile, lino, polished concrete and even some engineered floating floorboards being suitable for wet areas and looking relatively nice. In the end I went with tiles, as they were by far the cheapest option… now I need to learn how to lay…

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How to Flip a House on a Tight Budget – Preview Photos

This is a preview of an upcoming series of posts on how I flipped a modest house in the suburbs. I did it on a very limited budget, renovated, styled and decorated it myself and in the end sold it for a price I was really happy with. Here are some final photos, watch out…

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How Tough is a Ford Ranger?

Where we live in Australia the weather can be funny. We won’t get a drop of rain or a breath of wind for eight months, and then this happens: Squashed flat. I honestly thought that this was the end of my Ranger, (which has been my favorite vehicle I have ever owned), but no, the…

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Mini-build: Woodshed

Our only heating in the farm house is a wood fire and so it is important to keep a stock of ready to burn wood on hand. I had been out cutting up a fallen tree and had more than i could store in another location. I knocked together this wood shed in under an…

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48-Hour Living Room Renovation

My girlfriend is long suffering. She has to put up with me, and all of the crazy things I put her through, and she does so with… tolerance. So when she booked herself to go and visit family for the weekend I decided it was time to try and do something nice for her… so…

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Built-in Floating Bench Top – Laundry Renovation Part 6

Just a very quick post today. The laundry will be spacious enough to work in, but there isn’t space to waste. In order to be able to get a washing machine and drier under the bench and still have a bench wide enough for a really big sink I needed the bench to “float”, while…

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How to build an internal wall (with a door) – Laundry renovation: Part 5

Once the slab was down in the new laundry space it was time to build the final wall, which I built using a standard timber stud frame and plaster sheeting. Framing a wallThere are a lot of guides online that might go into the framing process in more depth than I will, but it is…

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How to install a new slab floor on top of an old slab floor – Laundry renovation: Part 4

The farm house is a hodge-podge mix of floor heights that will one day result in a broken leg for some unsuspecting visitor of this I am sure. Green rooms are the highest and are level with the floor of the original structure. Yellow rooms are about two inches lower than the green level. Orange…

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Laundry Renovation – Part 3: Sheeting and Roofing

After installing the pipes, power and waste water it is now time to make put the walls backup so that the laundry, bathroom and kitchen are separate rooms once again. Just a reminder of the plan: Starting with the wall between the new laundry and bedroom 3 I added waterproof villa-board in vertical sheets, drilling…

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Wait that’s not pipe… is snek.

I had a bit of a surprise when I went to change the the pipe leading into the house. I got a bit of a surprise when I went outside to start work on the outdoor plumbing. Wrapped around the pipe was a decent-sized brown snake who seemed to be in a grumpy mood. All…

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Laundry Renovation – Part 2: Plumbing the Hard Way

After pulling down fibro wall sheeting, pulling up floor tiles and then removing an entire brick fireplace and chimney from the centre of the house, I was now ready to start running water and power. In every project I learn something, in this project I learned I really dislike plumbing. All about plumbing. As much as…

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How to demolish a brick chimney (and not die) – Laundry Renovation: Part 1

So we’re having a baby, and that means a future that will require a working laundry. Well first we need to make room for the Laundry and this means we need to do some demolition! This project was the biggest to date and the most expensive, but I was happy with the end result and…

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We Built a Dirt-Cheap Walk-In-Wardrobe

We had just moved into the farmhouse and had to make it livable very quickly. Whole sections of the house were unusable, lacking floor coverings, broken external windows, sagging ceilings and apparently most importantly, no storage for clothes and shoes! The farm house is over 100 years old and has been empty for a few…

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We Bought a Farm!

We bought a farm.Cost a bit, needs heaps of work and have almost certainly bitten off more than I can chew. Farm house is dilapidated, fences are broken, sheds are falling down and the whole place is overgrown. But… We bought a mother-freaking farm. So much space, so much freedom.  Let the fun begin.  Introduction…

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